SOLBIATE, Italy—Rubber and plastics machinery manufacturer Rodolfo Comerio is expanding, having recently secured a series of new projects—including one to manufacture two of the biggest calenders in the world.
In response, the North Italy-based company is planning to build a second plant to meet new projects commissioned in early 2016, combined with those from last year.
Rodolfo Comerio will “build in the very next future a new production plant that will be added to its existing one,” the company said in a statement detailing its achievements since it was founded in 1878.
Alongside the expansion, the company said its research and development department is finalizing a new calendering technology, intended for tire production and other rubber and PVC applications
The company said the new technology will be a "complete revolution in the calendering sector," but company officials remain mum about the innovation.
The company's capabilities are further highlighted by a current project to build two of the largest calenders ever built in the world: one with four rolls and another with five rolls.
The specified dimensions include: 870mm rolls diameter; 5,000mm rolls working width; 8m length of each roll including its journals; 30 ton total weight of each roll.
These two calenders will be able to produce materials having less than 80μm thickness and are intended for involving the lamination of thermoplastics-based materials.